At the IHSA State Bass Fishing finals this past weekend, the Minooka anglers finished in 20th place overall while Seneca wound up 34th.
Minooka caught 11 pounds, 1 ounce worth of bass on Friday and 10 pounds, nine ounces on Saturday for a two-day total of 21 pounds, 10 ounces.
Seneca caught nine pounds, four ounces of fish on Friday and nine pounds, eight ounces on Saturday for a two-day total of 18 pounds, 12 ounces. Jimmy David had the big-bass of the day for the Fighting Irish by catching a 3 pounds, six ounce largemouth.
"Overall it was a great experience and we all had a great time fishing," Seneca coach Andy Jackson said. "I am proud of our students and the way they fished at the state finals."
Highland won the event with a total catch of 27 pounds, 13 ounces and the big catch of the tournament went to Anthony Kriese of DeKalb at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
TRACK AND FIELD
At the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Track Meet held in Streator on Friday, Morris high jumper Haleigh Knapp broke out in a big way. The sophomore cleared a personal best 5-7, in the process setting the old league mark which was previously at 5-0.
She beat her personal best height, which was 5-4.
Up next is the Mendota Sectional on Friday. There she will advance to state if she finishes first or second, or clears 5-2 on the day. Last year at state, Knapp was eighth overall with a jump of 5-3.
Minooka girls win Southwest Prairie Conference
Plainfield Central was the site of the Indians capturing the SPC Meet in dominating fashion last Thursday and Friday. Minooka ended with 147 team points, which was ahead of Plainfield North's team total of 95.
"I am extremely proud of the way these kids competed at this meet. We had an outstanding couple of days here," Minooka coach Kevin Gummerson said. "It is great to see the athletes work as hard as this group and then reap the benefits of that work."
The meet was capped by not one, not two, not three but four school records being broken by relay teams. Additionally, Janile Rogers set a new school record in the triple jump (35-08 1/2) and Lucia Rossi in the 300 meter hurdles (:47.59). Bethany Bachmann also set a new school record in the 400 meter dash (:59.63).
Minooka won the 4x800 and 4x400 relays with times of 9:37.09 and 4:00.9, respectively. The 4x800 relay team was made up of Rossi, Haley Renison, Kiley Saunders and Moria McAsey and the 4x400 relay team was comprised of Mariah Divis, McAsey, Angelica Estrada and Lauren Jonen. The 4x100 relay team (:49.46) was made up of Chrissy Allen, Bachmann, Estrada and Kayla Yates and the 4x200 team (1:45.20) was Allen, Estrada, Jonen and Rogers.
Also, Rogers was second at the meet in the long jump (17-9 1/4); Saunders was second in the 800 (2:22.60); Kaitlyn Chetney was second in the 3200 (12:32.82) and each of the following were third: Colleen Coyle in the 3200 run (12:34.80), Rogers in the 200 dash (:24.9), Renison in the 1600 (5:25), Sara Bechard in the high jump (5-1), McAsey in the 400 dash (:59.89) and Jonen in the long jump (16-11 1/2) and triple jump (34-0).
Kayla Yates was fourth in the 100 dash (:13.04) and Nicole Johnson was fourth in the 800 (2:25.8).
"This is the kind of momentum one looks for heading into the sectional meet," Gummerson said. "Now we need to regroup and prepare to head out to the IHSA sectional championships."
Minooka boys at Ron Gummerson Classic
CONANT — Kurt Zumbahlem set a new school record in the high jump, establishing a mark of 6-7 and Alex Wielbik set a new MCHS record in the pole vault by clearing 14-6.
As a team, the Indians won the event held at Conant High School with 226 points.
Other firsts for Minooka were turned in by Ethan Cane in the high jump in the 'A' flight at 6-3 and Peter Andreano in the high jump in the 'B' flight at 6-3; Justin Senffner in the pole vault in the 'C' flight at 11-0 and Ryan Pullara in the pole vault in the 'B' flight at 12-6.
Additionally, Dan Popek was second in the 800 run (1:54.8); the 400 meter relay team was second (:43.5); Shabari Bailey was second in the 110 meter high hurdles (:16.2) and Zumbahlen was second in the triple jump (39-1 1/2).
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The Indians got two goals from Jill Hetfleisch and one each from AnnMarie Bachmann and Jerry Torres in the win. Bachmann had two assists and Alyssa Hemza and Hetfleisch had one apiece.